Chanco shut down over University of Malawi staff strike

A constituent college of the University of Malawi, Chancellor College (Chanco) in the eastern city of Zomba  has been abruptly closed due to strike  academic  and support staff.

Chanco campus

Chanco campus

Support staff at Chanco are withdrawing labour  to force government to increase their perks. Unima support staff, through the University Workers Trade Union (UWTU), are demanding not less than 45 percent salary hike .

Unima lecturers are set to join the industrial action as they are serving 21-day notice.

The issues go back to four years ago when the UNIMA Council endorsed a report by Enerst and Young who recommended that staff salaries in the university should be adjusted by 200% to bring them closer to what prevails in other similar institutions in the region and to take care of a revised salary structure.

The staff got only 60% with the promise that the remaining 40% would be implemented incrementally in due course.

The academic freedom saga that lasted 8 months in 2011 overshadowed the salary issues but the recent massive devaluation of the kwacha and the attendant high cost of living has rekindled it.

The university staff  want salary adjustment following the general increases awarded to the civil service and other institutions.

More chaos in the academic calendar is expected, unless the salary issues are timely resolved.

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68 thoughts on “Chanco shut down over University of Malawi staff strike”

  1. chonchobe says:

    M’mene anali Minister of Education, samkadziwa kuti Chanco yatsekedwa. It was news to him. i think pano sakuziwanso kuti Unima Schools atsekedwa.

  2. mathumera says:

    Tomorrow we will hear the president has joined the strike. He want 1000% pay hike Kikikikikkkkkkkkkkkkk dzikolidi liri m’manja mwa agalu

  3. Bomanile says:

    It is difficult to convince people that government cannot afford to increase salaries due to the current economic environment when our leaders (MPs, Leader of Opposition, Ministers, President) have just increased their own salaries and other benefits by more than 100% (albeit unproven claims that salary increments for President, his vice and Ministers will be postponed). But who stands to lose in these outrageous increments? The Ministries and departments will suffer because to satisfy these salary increments, Government will cut funding to Ministries and Departments as is always the case but only getting worse. Their budgets will remain the same but their funding will be cut so that at the end of the financial year they will get only get a small fraction of their approved budgets. This happens every year under each of the governments. For instance if a Ministry has 12million approved budget you would expect they would be getting 1million in funding every month, at lease on average. But in reality, such a ministry may only get 1million for 2 or three of the twelve months but for the other months they would get amounts ranging from 100,000 to 500,000. Obviously services would suffer and the ultimate loser will be the public. Another cashgate in disguise!

  4. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk Dziko lili mmanja mwa agalu! tiyeni nazoni, kenako strike yipita ku police, prison ndi ku army. A DPP muyisova kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  5. Master Mwela says:

    I support the strike. An injury to one is an injury to all. Nothing is comes for free! The struggle continues…….

  6. Mtumbuka woyera says:

    Nonse aboma chitani strike but don’t forget that the salaries you are getting, someone in the private sector is the one making that money. If you feel you are not getting enough, resign and get employed where you thing you are worth. Mwaba nokha ndalama zonse ndi a lutepo inu nkumamanga nyumba 10 munthu mmodzi. Muyambe mwabweza zimenezo kaye before increament. Why think like headless chickens? kwe kwe kwe

  7. analonjeza kuti with or without donor aid civil servants to get nt less than 50% hike and what happened to us civil servants?we re also starting ours come january 15.ife timadziwa kuti inali campaign but mutipatsa ndi a chilima amuwo munatilonjeza vindalama

  8. ndee says:

    Heheheheheh profezor

  9. Rooy says:

    Akhaule lndid amafuna okha peter kkkkkk zawo

  10. Mahalha says:

    Dekhani anthu inu, zabwino zili nkuza APM asova zimenezi,,nanunso aphunzitsi a UNIMA mwayesa ndi mgodi wa golide eti kuti tsiku lililonse basi tizimva za hike in pay, why can’t you be patriotic and hold hands with the government in developing this country??

  11. JOICE BANDA says:

    ABALE KUKONZA ZINTHU KUTI ZIYAMBE KUYENDA BWINO MZIKO SIKULINGATI KUKONZA
    KUKONZA WAILESI KAPENA GALIMOTO TADEKHANI NGATI MUNTHU AMATENGA ZAKA
    ZAMBIRI AKUMANGA NYUMBA. TAZIGANIZANI MULI INU.

  12. Quota system says:

    Ife a DPP tikudabwa kuti pamene tikufuna kuchita stabilize economy, inu mukuyambanso ma strike. Omwe tawakwezera tinachita factor mu budget. Sichilungamo kuti pomwe a Proffesor Peter Mutharika akufuna kukonza chuma cha dziko lino inu mukufuna kuwabwezera m’mbyo. Mwina ndi ndale kapena

  13. Andrew phiri says:

    All de coments a out of political frustrations & not in gud faith. Very unfortunate indeed dis country iz full of unpatriotic Malawians. Rememba wat ur doing 2day u call it withdrawing ur labour will affect ur children 2moro & nephews. Only six months in office with no donor aid hw do u expect him 2 perform.

  14. zowona says:

    many students voted for the prof, asiyeni akhaule ndi profesa wao.

  15. zowona says:

    many students voted for the prof, asiyeni akhaule

  16. kapambwe says:

    As a minister the Chancellor failed to resolve an impulse in this university constituent. As a president how is he going to do it?

  17. Kumudzi says:

    Where z Kaliat & Mtaba

  18. Gaga says:

    Degree yotenga zaka 4 zowona tiziyitenga after 6 yrs tidalakwanji ana apa Malawi chitanipo kanthu kodi mukamatere mawa azalamulire dzikoli ndindani??

  19. mwai malambe banda says:

    I feel sorry for my daughter who is very eager to learn, but nay, it won’t happen as per schedule, If only God had blessed me with wealth, I would have sent her abroad, but alas! God help my girl child! Am just a peasant farmer, oh Lord, have mercy on me .

  20. Zachisoni Phiri says:

    Mamemba a univerity kudzikonda bwanji mufuna kukhala nokha ophunzira

  21. Gerald phiri says:

    Zafika posauzana, God help our country.

  22. Cluelessness 101 says:

    At the end of this programme, Malawi will officialy be labelled “failed state”.

  23. zibobo says:

    Another cardic arrest is around the corner.

  24. kapambwe says:

    The duty of cabinet is to advise the president not to enrich itself. Peter M revisit the cabinet your brother had when he came to power in 2004 when Bright Msaka was Chief Secretary. Burry your pride resort to that group you will see some change. Those turncoat who are like Lord Chromwell of England in 1648En2gland in 1660

  25. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    University be considerate reflecting on current financial problems as the president and ministers have done, demand less and defer the remaining percentage. Government be urgently proactive and offer reasonably possible percentage. We are all Malawians and should consider our nation and our people.

  26. Bob says:

    Koma zitithandiza izi. Why create an education gap? Iet the kids learn. Kambiranani msanga zinthu ziziyenda paMalawi.

  27. MBACHI says:

    Does the president know that we Malawians are suffering if at all he is there.

  28. Jelbin mk says:

    That’s DPP led government,ot has nothing to do with tertiary education

  29. Tiko says:

    No, no, no! ;( . Not again please!

  30. Just ignore them until they feel the pinch of no work no pay

  31. Ndizimene tinasakha 20 May paja, palibe chodabwitsa apa. Amalawi timafuna atsogoleri otelewa azitizuza basi.

  32. Ndife amodzi says:

    Koma ziliko Judiciary strike Chanco staff strike ACB strike which Department will be next

  33. kaya says:

    Tiyeni naloni boma lokuba ili,chizindikilo chachikulu choti dziko silikuyendesedwa bwino ndi masitilaiki.Ophunzira akulephera kuyendetsa dziko nanga tidalile ndani.MUKUPITILIZADI PAMENE MUNASIILADI ABWANA,KOMA MUSAIWALE KUTI GOD AKUONA.

  34. chimwendo says:

    Tiyenazoni ndalama zilipo zambiri .Tangoganazani President 80% ,nduna166% ,mps366% ndiye ka45% mkachani amenewa apereka basi apo biii more demos are coming ndipo sanati more fire DPP woyeee

  35. Its the tradition of their clan

  36. Shepherrd says:

    The end of Malawi!

  37. Nyamakumutu says:

    Wina wagwa nayo bola kuja analiku

  38. amandaalufeyo says:

    I BELIEB THESE STRIKES WILL A LONG WITH 2015, THE CONSEQUENCES OF PUTTING YOURSELVES ON THE SEATOF PRESIDENT WITH TRULY WINNING ARE NOW COMING, WILL MTHARIKA RULE FOR THE NEXT THREE YEAR? MY ANSWER IS NO, HIS BROTHER HAD THE SAME SITUATIONS, IT IS GOD WHO HOLDS THE KEYS TO ECONOMIC BREATHROUGH, NEITHER MTHARIKA NOR GOODALL WILL UNLOCK THE CRISIS.

  39. Gift Kayipa. says:

    Aaaaaaa koma boma lobera livuta kuyendetsa

  40. Mulopwana Wa Mamwene says:

    Koma yaaaa zayambika zenizeni.

  41. Alungwana says:

    The APM and his government

  42. John says:

    If the gvt can pay about 300% hike to the DIShonourable MPs, they surely can pay that little 60%, can’t they?

  43. Michal says:

    The issue sounds bitter for our fellow students,i plead govt to act as early as possible to cool down the concerned workers

  44. clement says:

    Salary increments are indeed good and motivate workers but I hate it when you say should be at par with colleagues in SADC region. MPs, judicial staff, ACB, etc are all singing this boring song. Is Malawi economy at par with SADC member states? In fact we are the poorest in sadc and our salaries must reflect the same. Don’t deploy commissions to other countries to “appreciate” their wages as if all things are equal. APM and his DPP are mad, but those calling for salary adjustments now might just be as worse

  45. cleophas phiri says:

    is the President still in the country or the country does not have the President? Mr President first things first, education to unlock the potential in many Malawian heads.currently we don’t have enough teachers and doctors and even lawyers yet you’re quiet when the very institutions that manufacture them are being shut down. do you really have the interest of Malawians’ welfare at heart or you’re heartless? while yourself and your allies are getting Lion’s share others are getting ant’s share. your level of salary increment transforms the face of your salary while the staffs who are vomiting at you u only proposed 6%, its an insult Mr President. how will you feel if someone increase your Lion’s share by k3000?now we are talking of minute salary yet instead of just doubling or even more, you’re busy making shameful addition and increments. how about the upkeep allowance of students doesn’t it also needs an increment? to many others increments have been made almost two or thrice since government started the upkeep thing.does the cost of living affect not the students or they have a market of their own?please do something before our beloved warm heart of Africa is declared a failed state. be the active President not passive. be an actor in a move not an audience. be a President who is going about looking for solutions not solutions looking for you while seated in. an office. don’t you spent your time in slumber busy dreaming at your office? because you seem quiet when things are happening…

  46. chitedze says:

    very bad

  47. oooooho/ says:

    After all, there is money at capital hill!

  48. Michael says:

    Every government dptmement will go for strike, peter has failed to head this country, and yet we malawians we are quiet what do we expect ? Peter shd resign if he is relactant lets all as mwians wake up & demostrait, this country is not for peter only no! Its for us , yes we malawians and yet peter is aforeinger he dont know problems of we mwians, thus why he is just sleeping in state house and eating our taxes this is foolish , u pipo fm south know that we are all mwians stop hating tumbuka pipo as if they are from congo no! This is not gud we are all one mlwians ,but this pita shd resign god bless u all mlwians.

  49. PEFECO says:

    The Fall Of Aurthor Peter Mutharika.

  50. Phiri says:

    Kuchipululu, kalekalo, anasankha molakwika…….singing(Nkasa)

  51. Shame again DPP government.

  52. Ngwime says:

    We really need God’s Intervention.

  53. wawawawa says:

    Kutha kwafika. The beginning of the Ending

  54. It’s getting out of hand for Peter and his government.

  55. Proffessor says:

    Signs of the times

  56. Mbukavu says:

    If we are serious about developing our country we need to adequately fund our public universities It is disheartening to see our youth just moving about aimlessly not knowing when they finish their studies and start contributing to national development

  57. Munthu wa Mulungu says:

    The government of strikes and demos. Hiesh!

  58. Sidix says:

    Why demand 45% salary increament?
    Ministers and MPs salary hike is 168% and 367% respectively, and the President is 80%. An indication that money is there in our Country despite donor drought. Demanding 45% hike shows that your brains can not recall Mathematics of Simple proportion.Mwina chifukwa cha mtima wodzitsitsa monga ambuye malingana ndi nthawi ino ya X-mass.

  59. dambobanda says:

    akuti ndiophunzira koma uchitsiru uli kutuuuuu, paja xul simachotsa uchitsiru.
    MP malipiro anu amalowa kambirimbiri
    amuonjenzera 300 +++++%
    chosecho majority xul yawo ndiyochepa.
    lyks of L BANDA
    inu mukuti
    ife siamatama ayi
    koma mwati 45% or 450+++++%???????????
    yambiraniso guys
    ngati sichoncho tiyeni thamangani wakuntchito

  60. kester Kaphaizi says:

    This useless professor at statehouse? Useless

  61. Wawa phiri says:

    Zimaphwanya academic calendar izi. Mwana mpakana kukalamba ali ku university zoona? School ku Nyasaland………

  62. Richman says:

    This helards tough times for the learned professors’s administration. More strikes and demonstrations will follow wave after wave. Imagine, its less than a year now and he has all the four years ahead! Worse still, there is nothing from this administration that can attract public sympathy. Running government is serious business, (Amangwetu 1994-2009)

  63. itchokeitchoke says:

    kaya stzzwa ife zmenez

  64. SM Namame says:

    Za mmasiku omaliza, adalosera kale izi!!!!!!!!!!

  65. Nankungwi says:

    There is no difference between this and salsry hikes. If we are protesting that the givernement cant afford hikes for one group of peole why are thinking the same governement can affrod hikes for universiyty staff? Everybody needs to see reason about this! its not just the presdient every sngke citizen needs to realise taht we are in this toigether, we are suffering togethr and in that suffering we need to hold eavch others hands to make sure we make it to toher side! Where is the money supposed to come from for these demands that all these different groups of people are demanding? Is this not just as irrresponsible.

  66. wollace says:

    where r we heading to? I still remember the 8 solid months of academic freedom. Men of God pray for us! our education is already in the ICU.

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